Christian Sweden issues stamp featuring a mosque!

“Postnord launches stamp with mosque,” translated from “Postnord lanserar frimärke med moské,” Fria Tider, October 21, 2017 (thanks to Vikram):

Domestic. Postnord launches five new stamps with different motifs. One of the stamps represents a mosque, writes Social News.

It was at the end of August that Postnord launched five new stamps with the motif of the artist and the watermark of Lars Lerin.

One of the stamps represents a large Muslim mosque. Another represents something similar to one of the suburbs of the country.

“As more greetings are sent electronically, a greeting in the mailbox becomes increasingly exclusive and many choose stamp motifs carefully. Therefore, it is fun to be able to offer contemporary art in miniature format to all letter-writers in the country, “says Britt-Inger Hahne, Chief Postnord Stamps.

Lars Lerin is presented as one of Sweden’s most beloved artists, and the motives have been chosen in collaboration with him and designed by Gustav Mårtensson.

“Stamps play an important role in everybody’s everyday life. For example, in the summer, Swedes stated that they intended to send 20 million holiday greetings with postcards or letters. It is also the most appreciated way of receiving greetings,” Postnord writes.

Postage stamps are also claimed to be more personal than an electronic greeting and “symbolize caring and someone’s time”.

The stamp with the mosque has great similarities to a watercolor from Lars Lerin, entitled “Mosque” and sold a few years ago at Stockholm’s auction house for SEK 370,000.…

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EDITORS NOTE: The Church of Sweden (Swedish: Svenska kyrkan) is the largest Christian church in Sweden, and also the largest religious body. The church professes the Lutheran faith and is a member of the Porvoo Communion.

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